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Monday, 11/14, 5pm
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Intelligent purposive behaviour is a feature of many species. Yet systematic engagement with the material world takes on a new dimension with the systematic production of tools. Why it took so long for this to develop into more impressive aspects of behaviour seen with the first village communities constitutes the sapient paradox. It will be argued that within the new social relations that then developed lie the key foundations of mind.
Tuesday, 11/15, 10am-12pm
Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall
Measure as a Metric of Mind
Mind is a difficult property to discern and to pin down in early prehistoric communities. Yet the practice of measure, sometimes involving the use of recognisable units, is a valuable indicator.
This event is presented by “The Ancient Mind: Neuroarchaeology,” a Humanities Futures working group, and is generously cosponsored by the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies; the Department of Classical Studies; and the Wired! Lab, all at Duke University.
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